Setting The Table For Byron Leftwich

March 9th, 2022

Joe asked Sage of Tampa Bay Sports Ira Kaufman an interesting question last week.

Where will the Bucs’ focus lean in free agency? On offense or defense?

The venerable columnist and podcaster did what he usually does. He answered a different question. “Excluding the quarterback position, they need more help on defense,” Kaufman replied, noting that he thought a franchise tag for cornerback Carlton Davis could be a wise option on the table.

So Joe will come back to the original question. Will the Bucs prioritize offense or defense in free agency? Joe thinks the answer is clear.

It’s offense. Bucco Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht spoke at the NFL Scouting Combine last week and they don’t want a new face alongside left tackle Donovan Smith, and they want continuity on their offensive line with vocalized dreams of bringing back two of their three free agent interior linemen: Alex Cappa, Aaron Stinnie and Ryan Jensen. There also was optimism for Rob Gronkowski making it a Year 3 in Tampa.

Joe did not hear any peep of a priority on defense.

Since, Chris Godwin was given a $19 million franchise tag and Carlton Davis is on social media acting like he’s leaving town, along with Playoff Lenny.

That lean to the offense leads Joe to believe the Bucs are prioritizing Byron Leftwich as the heir to Bucco Bruce Arians.

Perhaps it’s way too early to go there, but if the Bucs watch Carlton Davis, Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre-Paul, Will Gholston and Jordan Whitehead walk out the door and replace them with draft picks and bench players, then that sure won’t feel like a team eager to make sure Todd Bowles has what he needs/wants for today and beyond.

47 Responses to “Setting The Table For Byron Leftwich”

  1. Its a Bucs Life Says:

    Bowles had the entire Super Bowl defense against the Rams and couldn’t figure out a way to limit the Rams or hold onto a tie. Why give that clown the benefit of the doubt?

    It’s an offensive league, there are NO shut down defensive units throughout the league. Offense is the key to winning in this league.

  2. HC Grover Says:

    This sounds like this year will be offensive, I hope it does not return to the fan headbag days, Guess BA is just padding his retirement nest egg. This does not sound good. The infamous Bowles Blunder ended The Brady Miracle. I hope we can at least win a few.

  3. Shayne Says:

    I recall Bruce saying its a priority to be faster on the D line. Also made comments about getting fast on D in general.

    It’s the O line he seems comortable with keeping tackt for continuity.

    Could attack D on the draft and FA on offense yes

  4. Lamarcus Says:

    Defense. Offense. Special teams. It doesn’t matter. When NFL teams go all in…That what they mean. Should of built a dynasty with the ammo we had but no we went 1 and done contracts and can’t sign players we drafted.

    I keep hearing how great Licht is…then we should rebuild and back to playoffs in a year or so. That’s the best realistic choice. Rebuild. H

  5. Lamarcus Says:

    And as a fan…..idc about SBs. I really don’t unless fans get a ring also or a trophy. But we get nothing of substance. Just to cheer. I’m too old for that.

  6. Bird Says:

    Several teams have tried to build dynasties since their organization started decades ago and still havent won a super bowl

    So dumb

    You take what you can get and go all in when your chance arrives. Brady was 42-43 so of course they went all in
    But lamarcus is a gladiator and like his qb to throw ints like jameiy wameiy
    The closest dynasty in modern times was the steelers
    But with cap and free agency – You cant have a dynasty when you pay a player 50 mil a year.

  7. adrnagy Says:

    Two names. Shaq and jpp. Never dominated. Never made plays.

  8. Bucem Says:

    This is about setting the table for a QB at some poin. Whether that is enticing Brady to come back before camp, or having Deshaun Watson waive his no trade clause to come to Tampa (he really controls where he ends up) – do you think they would come play for the Bucs if there was no Godwin and instead the team retained Carleton Davis? Nope.

  9. Bird Says:

    CArson wentz to the commanders

  10. StAugBuc Says:

    And Wentz to Washington . . .

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    Breaking NFL QB NEWS:

    Carson Wentz traded to Washinton for (2) 3rd round picks… Wash takes on Wentz’s full salary.

    I guess Wash believes their defense will be good enough to win with an average QB…

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    Could the Wentz to Wash trade be setting the table for Tom Brady to Indy?

    Indy is a team on the cusp… By trading Wentz who are they making room for as their #1 QB?

    Luck returning (doubtful)? TB12? Watson? Who else?

    It’s not Wilson or Rodgers – I took heat for suggesting TB12 could end up in Indy…

    How you like me now?

  13. StAugBuc Says:

    Likely Garoppolo

  14. WalkdaPlank Says:


    Hopefully Jimmy Garbage is headed to Indy. With the list of QB’s speculated to come to Tampa via trade shortening, so too does the list of destinations for Jimmy Garbage. The last place I want to see him is in One Buc.

  15. Marine Buc Says:

    @ walk

    So they get rid of Wentz in order to trade for Jimmy G – who just had surgery on his throwing shoulder?

    That makes zero sense to me.

    But strager things have happened I guess…

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I still am having a hard time forgiving Bowles for that all out blitz that left Cooper Cupp single covered, with our season on the line.
    Especially since our blitz had not been working all day.
    Play Calls like this is why he was called “Toilet Bowels” back in NY.
    Yes, his defense won us a super bowl against Kansas City, I will give him credit for that.

  17. Tye Says:

    Really hoping that Trask somehow develops into the real deal…..
    Would really like to see Mariota or Dalton or Trubisky brought in as competition..

    unless Carr or Cousin gets moved, which I doubt, a gimpy Jimmy G is the only quality qb left…

  18. iamrhenry Says:

    @ Marine
    Props man, i remember you posting that, and I agreed with you. Just an FYI, I thought I read Jimmy G’s surgery was on his non-throwing shoulder but could be mistaken. Now, if the Bucs could squeeze a couple first rounders from the Colts for the rights to Brady, that would be awesome especially if his dead cap money follows him to Indy.

  19. acey Says:

    Maybe, I’m crazy but perhaps there’s an off chance Carr gets moved after the Russ trade? Maybe McDaniels likes Carr, but doesn’t believe he can be the guy to get them past Russ, Mahomes, and Herbert twice a year? If Washington just picked up Wentz, I think odds are they don’t draft a QB. That leaves the Aints at 18 and the Pitt at 20 ahead of you who could go QB. If you’re the Raiders, maybe you decide you’ll try your luck with Corral, Strong, or Pickett instead of Carr?

  20. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    All NFC playoff teams HC were offensive. Every top QB in the division won the division. And second best Qbs in division got wildcards.

    It is a 100% a QB offensive coordinator driven league, your not winning with defence and under average QB play anymore. Only coaches who can are Bill and Vrable and they are the two best defensive coaches in football.

  21. Marine Buc Says:

    @ iamhenry

    Thanks man. is reporting – Jummy G undergoes successful surgery on throwing shoulder…

    He should be throwing by mid-June…

  22. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Jimmy G can win, he is not a horrible option for Tampa. Trade Toms rights for Jimmy G and a future pick in June. haha

  23. Listnfrmafar Says:

    The picture should be Dumb & Dumber 3

  24. Delson Says:

    Licht needs to go. He ruined our team with them big contracts. Donovan smith didnt deserve that contract. I pray he doesnt run to the mike evans bank again n

  25. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Delson the same Licht that won the super bowl 2 years ago? You guys are incredulous with your expectations.

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:


  27. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I think this is kind of comical. The Bucs are in cap trouble but they got a QB for 1/2 of what he’s worth, AB cost the nothing and Gronk came in on a team friendly deal. Who was all the money spent on? Shaq, Smith, Godwin?

  28. rashad brown Says:


    Do you really think the Bucs will trade the rights to Brady ???? Like do you honestly believe that ????

  29. Marine Buc Says:

    @ rashad

    Brady is only currently under contract because he helped the Bucs out in 2021 by extending and allowing the Bucs to sign several needed free agents…

    So – yes. I believe the Bucs will trade Brady’s rights and probably for a lot less than you will want to believe.

    Stay tuned amigo.

  30. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Marine I agree. Brady did what he needed to do here, if he wants to move on good luck there. We will get something but not a ton.

  31. BucsFan81 Says:

    Carson Wentz traded to Washington Commanders

  32. Eric Says:

    Bowles is a clown. Bruce is an idiot. Jason is a fool.

    You guys are pitiful. No cred at all for winning a Super Bowl????

  33. Robert Says:



    oh man…. I might not be able to even watch this trainwreck again.

    thanks for the memories Tom Brady.

  34. EricTheViking Says:

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  35. Bucs Guy Says:

    On D, need to keep Whitehead and Suh or Gholston. JPP, McClendan, Minter and Davis III are all most likely gone.

    Fournette and Jensen also are probably testing FA. Bucs need Gronk for 1 more year to rebuild their TE room. Hope we can keep him along with Stinnie and Cappa.

    No money to probably sign outside FAs this year unless they are coming in as very cheap $1-2M as role players.

  36. HC Grover Says:

    So, Wentz is now a Commie.

  37. Bobby M. Says:

    Again….Godwin should have been locked up after the 1st tag. Now he’s injured AND guaranteed to make $19 million. We have no leverage AND we’ll get nothing for the guys we’re losing. I’ve said before….I thought the tag should go to Davis, then trade him for maybe a 2 and 4?….Maybe a late #1? He’s going to walk. Jensen or Cappa will likely be gone, those extra picks could really help add depth to our o-line and secondary. We’ll get nothing and still not have a deal done with Godwin. Very poor management by Licht which frankly has been a bit of the norm until Brady arrived. Brady brought the talent and team friendly deals that put us over the top…..and now with him gone, we are right back to where we were when Winston was leaving. I really believe we should have committed to keeping the guys we have, particularly Godwin, the o-line and possibly Fournette or Gronk and see what we have in Trask. I personally think fans could initially rally around the young QB, especially over Gabbert.

  38. SB~LV Says:

    The easiest part of coaching is knowing the X’s and O’s
    Conducting the orchestra while dealing with 53 personalities is the art of successful coaching .
    Of course the biggest factor is having superior talent to the opposition

  39. SufferingSince76 Says:

    All of you prognosticators are purely throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks. You have no contacts. You have no inside information. You have no credibility. Some of you have no sense. Merely posting to troll the real Buc fans and to see your own stupid and uninformed opinions in print. Pathetic.

  40. Allbuccedup Says:

    Jimmy G. to the slimy Saints. I guess all that QB talk from BA and JL door number 2 was BS. Wilson, Wentz and Jimmy G.

  41. TBD Says:

    Marine Buc,, all respect, but literally the LasT team in the NFL Brady would play for is Indy.

    But Tom is done. Trust me. He is done.

  42. JimmyJack Says:

    Some would rather have Bowles. Not me. I waited my whole life to see my Bucs get a great offense.

    No way Id let Byron walk out the door with the biskit offense………That said, I might have to rethink it if you told me Bowles leaving meant we had to go back to the Tampa 2 defense.

    I do have a pkace in my heart for Tampa 2……But that place is a quater century ago.

  43. Marine Buc Says:

    @ TBD

    ” the LasT team in the NFL Brady would play for is Indy.”

    Indy head coach Frank Reich on Tom Brady in 2019 –

    “I did tell you that we did look at all the guys and I will tell you that I looked at his (Brady’s) tape,” Reich said in a conference call, via Kevin Hickey of USA Today. “The guy is incredible. I mean, I watched all of his tape from the last two years. I think he’s still playing at a super, super high level.

    “We know he’s the best of all time for a reason (with) as many championships as he’s won. I mean, he still threw a couple balls in games, I’m saying, ‘How’s this guy throwing this ball this far?’ He’s incredible.”

    Let’s just see how this all plays out. I am just speculating like everyone else.

    But don’t tell me that Indy wouldn’t take TB12 just because of some old BS from a decade ago…

    Come on man. We are talking about a Super Bowl ring here.

  44. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Indy would take Brady in a heart beat, he’s kicked their ass for over 20 yrs. The spiff isn’t with Brady it’s with Belichick and McDaniels.

  45. TheTruthwilliams Says:

    We all thought tom had 1 more season. After next season
    We all expected to have to rebuild. For whatever reason he decided
    To dip out this year now we pay that price.

    Fun while it lasted. We went from the outhouse to the penthouse right
    Back to in the outhouse.

  46. Steve a reno Says:

    From the outhouse to the penthouse. We re headed back to the outhouse.

    Sure was a fun couple years.

  47. Listnfrmafar Says: